Motorcycles are HappinessMotorbikes look pretty cool, but apparently riding one also brings a number of physical and mental health benefits.
Your dad may have banned you riding them because he thought they were dangerous but now we are told that motorcycles can boost your happiness levels.
A study commissioned by Harley-Davidson recently discovered that women who ride motorcycles are happier overall than those who don't.
Female motorcycle riders reported that they felt happy, sexy, and confident more consistently than non-riders. They also reported a higher level of satisfaction in their relationships. You can click here for the full report, and it's worth taking a closer look, especially if you’ve always fancied becoming a biker.
Improved Mental OutlookSo what is it about riding a motorcycle that can potentially make women happier and more confident? Many riders report returning from a ride feeling more energized. It could be that without the confines of a car around you, you feel more in tune with the road and nature. Motorcycle riders must react on instinct, the high volume of wind forcing you to focus on the task at hand.
It's living purely in the moment, every time you ride, which can release endorphins and improve your mood, while you breathe in the fresh air and soak in Vitamin D from the sun. Riding means spending time alone with your own thoughts in a busy world and the simple thrill of riding can make you feel more confident and in charge of your journey!
Physical Benefits of Riding
Hopping astride a motorbike involves a physical workout as you use many of your muscles steering. It improves core strength as you twist and turn around bends or move at slow speeds, while strengthening your knees and thighs as you grip the motorcycle during a ride.
The act of bearing the weight of a helmet for a few hours can also strengthen your neck muscles, provided the helmet fits you properly. Riding a motorcycle burns calories as your muscles tense as you ride into a headwind and manoeuvre your bike.
The Bottom LineThere are, it seems, physical and mental health benefits riding a motorcycle, provided that you take the time to learn how to ride and use the proper equipment. The fresh air, solitude, and workout could well be the reason why women who ride motorcycles report feelings of happiness.
So if you're looking for a way to shake up your commute or feel like you're stuck in a rut, it may be worth considering taking a motorbike for a whirl for some va-va-voom in your life!